Assail: A Novel of the Malazan Empire [NOOK Book]

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This followup to Ian C. Esslemont's Blood and Bone is sure to delight Malazan fans.

Tens of thousands of years of ice is melting, and the land of Assail, long a byword for menace and inaccessibility, is at last yielding its secrets. Tales of gold discovered in the region's north circulate in every waterfront dive and sailor's tavern, and now countless adventurers and fortune-seekers have set sail in search of riches. All these adventurers have to guide them are legends and ...

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Overview

This followup to Ian C. Esslemont's Blood and Bone is sure to delight Malazan fans.

Tens of thousands of years of ice is melting, and the land of Assail, long a byword for menace and inaccessibility, is at last yielding its secrets. Tales of gold discovered in the region's north circulate in every waterfront dive and sailor's tavern, and now countless adventurers and fortune-seekers have set sail in search of riches. All these adventurers have to guide them are legends and garbled tales of the dangers that lie in wait -- hostile coasts, fields of ice, impassable barriers and strange, terrifying creatures. But all accounts concur that the people of the north meet all trespassers with the sword. And beyond are rumoured to lurk Elder monsters out of history's very beginnings.

Into this turmoil ventures the mercenary company, the Crimson Guard. Not drawn by contract, but by the promise of answers: answers to mysteries that Shimmer, second in command, wonders should even be sought. Arriving also, part of an uneasy alliance of Malazan fortune-hunters and Letherii soldiery, comes the bard Fisher kel Tath. And with him is a Tiste Andii who was found washed ashore and cannot remember his past life, yet who commands far more power than he really should. Also venturing north is said to be a mighty champion, a man who once fought for the Malazans, the bearer of a sword that slays gods: Whiteblade.

And lastly, far to the south, a woman guards the shore awaiting both her allies and her enemies. Silverfox, newly incarnated Summoner of the undying army of the T'lan Imass, will do anything to stop the renewal of an ages-old crusade that could lay waste to the entire continent and beyond.


Casting light on mysteries spanning the Malazan empire, and offering a glimpse of the storied and epic history that shaped it, "Assail" is the final chapter in the epic story of the Empire of Malaz.

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Thanks to an overdose of planetary warming, thousands of years of glaciers in Assail are rapidly melting and the much-feared continent is becoming a more tempting destination. Tales and rumors of gold hoards have quickened the hearts of fortune-hunters, but with these reports come stories too of terrifying creatures and fierce, unfriendly villagers. As these complicated developments continue to unfold, the story of the Malaz Empire moves towards full circle, promising a climactic end to a much-watched cycle. A trade paperback and NOOK Book original.

Library Journal
08/01/2014
As the northern ice melts, the long inaccessible region of Assail is luring fortune seekers who hope to find gold but instead encounter fierce northmen with swords. Esslemont here completes (after Blood and Bone) the series set in Malazan, the world he cocreated with Steven Erikson.
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“Esslemont evokes the gore and grit of the battlefield while cannily expanding the labyrinthine Malazan world and untangling the wickedly intertwined stories just enough to keep readers from feeling lost.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review, on Return of the Crimson Guard

“Esslemont nails the feel and flavor of Erikson’s books and brings the historical characters to life with a dexterity that will win over even the most skeptical fans.”—Publishers Weekly

“Whether it’s Erikson or Esslemont at the controls, it’s in safe hands.” —SFX

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429948616
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Publication date: 8/5/2014
  • Series: Novels of the Malazan Empire, #6
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 544
  • Sales rank: 37,316
  • File size: 975 KB

Meet the Author

IAN C. ESSLEMONT grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He has studied archaeology and creative writing, has traveled extensively in Southeast Asia, and lived in Thailand and Japan for several years. He now lives in Alaska with his wife and children and is currently working on another novel set in the world of Malaz, a world he co-created with Steven Erikson.


IAN C. ESSLEMONT grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He has studied archaeology and creative writing, has traveled extensively in Southeast Asia, and lived in Thailand and Japan for several years. He lives in Alaska with his wife and children and writes novels set in the world of Malaz, a world he co-created with Steven Erikson.
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  • Posted December 5, 2014

    It's a worthy addition to the Malazan series, probably not the b

    It's a worthy addition to the Malazan series, probably not the best overall of ICE's novels but still a captivating story all in all

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  • Posted October 3, 2014

    Love this series. Gotta read.

    This was an awesome book. I have loved every book to do with the Malazan empire.

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